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Used and old compost - is it good for anything?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 09:19

I also add it to my borders or compost heap. It might be deplete of nutrients but it serves as a soil improver

Advice on replanting young unknown tree

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 08:08

While I'd agree with AB on the rest of advice, I think as this one is already 10ft high it might need staking until it settles in otherwise the weight at the top might be too much for the unsettled roots to anchor. 


Poorly Camellia

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:55

If the leaves are yellowing it's probably magnesium deficiency. As Camellias are acid-loving plants, yours will benefit greatly from an ericaceous feed. I'd give it a few fortnightly liquid feeds now and then longer term a granular feed in Autumn. Rainwater is definitley best. I'd also mulch with some ericaeous compost. I have 2 in pots and 1 in the ground and do this every year

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:33

Chicky, I'm glad I don't live anywhere near Crocus. I think I'd be bankrupt by now

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 07:22

The problem with spraying, if the bindweed is in your flower border, is that it's likely to get onto the plants. Glyphosate gel will allow you to get hit the binweed and not the plants. It worked very well on my bondweed. Apart from vinegar it's the only weedkiller I use now.

Re the Knotweed, see



Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:46

I'm surprised at that Jimmy. If I can't find something locally I usually get it from Crocus. They've all arrived in the best of health - and a good size. Can't think of any that have failed.

Though I have to say that I find Echinacea quite difficult to grow. I've tried several times over the years. The only ones I've had any success with are Purpurea which I grew from seed last year. Just noticed there are 3 emerging

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:30

I'm working on the basis that the price will come down as they get more popular. Beautiful plant, but a bit pricey.

I find plug plants a bit hit and miss. Medium size plants in my experience tend to be more successful, Plants can fail through being too small as well as too large

New to Forum, needing some help

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:21

Yes  I agree the soil does look too wet. They will also grow leggy if the light is one directional or there's not enough of it.

I tend to put a thin layer of gravel on top of mine. It helps keep them moist.

Damping off occurs when they're planted to close together. They need air to be able to circulate around them. 

I also blow on them or waft a thin piece of card across the top. This helps strengthen the stems. GQT's Rosie Yeomans is currently doing some work on this theory at the moment

First Ever Garden

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:09

I agree with Fairygirl, the border is much too narrow. To have any impact and allow you to grow a variety of plants it needs to be much wider. Agree also to be patient (cup in hand) and wait to see what look each season brings to the garden - light, shade. If you've already got some shrubs, start thinking about perennials. Check out the soil type. An easy way to do this is look at what's already there, and also check out what's in the neighbourhood. 

ALWAYS check out the final size of any plant you buy, especially trees and shrubs. Just because it looks a nice little plant in the nursery doesn't mean it's not going to be 30ft high and 15 feet wide in 10 years time .

Ispiration comes through looking at other gardens - visiting famous (and not so famous) ones, in books, on-line. You don't have to do it all at once. I think it's fun as well as cheaper, to build it as you go along. Though I admit to being more of a female Bob Flowerdew than a Chelsea Flower Show designer

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 14:44

Glyphosate Gel works. I had some in a garden I moved into. I initally painted every leaf I saw then as soon as I saw a new one emerge I'd paint that as well. It took 3 yrs to get rid of totally, but it worked.

Wish they still did the gel with the paintbrush instead of that stupid cover. 

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